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Recognized as South Africa's foremost jazz pianist, Abdullah Ibrahim has a unique and dynamic compositional approach that successfully fuses universal and often seemingly disparate styles. Subtle hints of bright, traditional African melodies, gospel-inflected harmonies, and regal Ellingtonian progressions pervade his music, while his skill as a pianist leaves listeners in awe.
This concert will be an extraordinary night reuniting these two actresses who were the much heralded stars of the original production of Side Show. They made Broadway history when they were nominated together for a Best Actress Tony Award in 1998 for their performance as the conjoined twins Daisy & Violet Hilton
As though it was always destined to be, powerhouse trio The Bad Plus finds its fated fourth member in longtime friend and collaborator, saxophonist Joshua Redman. When Redman joined the trio as a special guest a few years back, a brilliant collaboration was born. Redman's melodic prowess blends seamlessly with the avant-garde populism of Reid Anderson, Ethan Iverson, and David King, pushing the boundaries of jazz beyond all imagination. Metroland describes the supergroup best: "It's as though Redman is the long-lost fourth member of the group, just waiting to be snapped snugly into place. Imagine if the Beatles had spent the first decade of their career as a trio before adding Paul. It's like that."
Kentucky-based cellist, singer-songwriter, and composer Ben Sollee teams up with Austin's 18-piece chamber-pop group Mother Falcon for an evening of innovative, genre-bending musicianship. Known for his thrilling, unconventional cello playing, Sollee possesses a knack for inventive, intricate arrangements, combining classical artistry with bluegrass and pop. Playing strings, horns, guitars, and percussion, Mother Falcon also works off a foundation of classical and chamber music, incorporating indie-rock elements and original vocal arrangements to create a full, stirring, and uplifting sound.
Black Box Sounds is the name of ArtsEmerson's concert series inside the Jackie Liebergott Black Box Theatre at The Paramount Center. Local Boston bands haven't had the opportunity to perform downtown for decades, and this new series provides a venue to bring the best area bands and performers back to the heart of the city. Early concerts in the series have presented diverse, powerful musical artists including Marissa Nadler, Tigerman WOAH, Faces on Film, Sidewalk Driver, Quilt, and Julia Easterlin.
The Boston Gay Men's Chorus (BGMC) welcomes Megan Hilty and Seth Rudetsky as Mark Cortale's Broadway @ series comes to the Citi Shubert for the first time ever on Friday, Sept. 18. Hilty, star of stage and television, joins Grammy- and Emmy-nominated Sirius XM Radio star Seth Rudetsky as they shoot the breeze, dish the dirt, and raise the roof with a host of classic Broadway songs.
Megan Hilty is best known for playing the seasoned triple-threat Ivy Lynn in NBC's musical drama Smash for two seasons. On June 8 she appeared in a one-night-only benefit concert of the TV show's original musical Bombshell in New York, which sold out in minutes. In February Hilty performed at Lincoln Center as part of its American Songbook series.
Seth Rudetsky is the afternoon host on Sirius/XM Satellite Radio's On Broadway and hosts of "Seth Speaks" on Sirius/XM Stars. As a pianist, Rudetsky has played for more than a dozen Broadway shows. Recently, he cowrote and starred in the musical Disaster!
Orquesta Buena Vista Social Club bids adios with a farewell world tour. The group, which has been touring the globe in various forms and combinations since 1997, grew out of the release of the Grammy-winning best-selling album Buena Vista Social Club™, and its lineup continues to include a number of the original artists featured in the landmark recording and film, including bandleader and trombonist Jesús "Aguaje" Ramos, the incomparable veteran diva Omara Portuondo, trumpeter Guajiro Mirabal, laúd virtuoso Barbarito Torres, and vocalist and guitarist Eliades Ochoa. They will be accompanied by some of those who have joined the journey along the way as well as a younger generation of Cuban musicians. Special support guests Andrea Motis & Joan Chamorro will open the show.
The Chimera is an exploration of musical and artistic dichotomies. A diverse mix of mediums and artists working together to create one cohesive and unique evening of performance.
With a wild, powerful, and unbridled sound, Cimarrón lives up to the meaning of its name, untamed. The Grammy-nominated Colombian ensemble creates a fiery kind of music called música llanera and the fast-paced, triple-meter dance music joropo, played on harp, bandola, and cuatro and accompanied by bass, cajón, and maracas. The seven-piece all-star team of instrumentalists and singers, led by harpist and composer Carlos Rojas, astonishes audiences with its melodic and rhythmic virtuosity, percussive drive, and sabor Colombiano, Colombian flavor.
The inimitable Charles Busch returns to Provincetown with an all new show. The two-time MAC Award winner, Tony nominee, and drag legend brings to the Crown and Anchor an. eclectic program of songs both contemporary and from the past. New York Times critic Stephen Holden wrote, "He has the gift of comic gab like few other entertainers. Innately funny, endearing and acutely intelligent, he also has claws. For an audience, the possibility of being scratched, although remote, lends his humor a bracing edge." Accompanied by his dashing longtime musical director, Tom Judson, Charles combines hilarious personal reminiscence, character sketches and superb storytelling through song into one glittering and glamorous evening in cabaret.
The Donkey Show is the intoxicating international sensation that takes you behind the velvet ropes into a glittered wonderland of decadence, divas, and disco, inspired by Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream. Come party on the dance floor to all the disco hits you know by heart as The Donkey Show unfolds all around you. It's a show . . . it's a party . . . it's the ultimate disco experience.
Must be 18 to enter, 21 to drink.
Known for its expansive vision, versatility, and technical prowess, Doug Varone and Dancers create kinetically thrilling dances that reflect the complexity of the human spirit. From the smallest gesture to full-throttled bursts of movement, Varone's work can take your breath away. The company will perform the Boston premiere of ReComposed, inspired by American abstract artist Joan Mitchell's pastel drawings and set to Max Richter's newly constructed version of Vivaldi's The Four Seasons, along with other works.
The rousing 11-member Algerian/French brass band Fanfaraï puts on a high energy show, with a battery of horns, traditional percussion, North African raï, Balkan beats, Afro-Cuban swing, and jazz, all colliding into one big party.
What if you put the former singers and players of Kansas, Blue Oyster Cult, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Journey and the Storm on one stage for one night in Worcester? You'd have The Greatest Hits on Earth: Live!
That's just what's happening at the Hanover Theatre. All the singers will be singing all their hit songs live, from Dust in the Wind to Sweet Home Alabama.
One massive supergroup, one night and scores of huge hit songs assembled just for Worcester.
The High Kings are an Irish supergroup made up of Finbarr Clancy (formerly of the Clancy Brothers), Brian Dunphy (formerly a cast member of Riverdance), Martin Furey (formerly of the group Bohinta), and Darren Holden (formerly a cast member of Riverdance and a successful solo artist). Incredibly versatile and skilled multi-instrumentalists, they play 13 instruments among the four of them, performing new songs as well as old favorites. The Dublin-based band exploded onto the Irish folk music scene in 2008 and quickly became internationally acclaimed, multi-platinum-selling artists, now signed to Sony International.
In a career that spans five decades and includes collaborations with some of the most iconic figures in modern jazz, NEA Jazz Master and Grammy-winner Jack DeJohnette has established an unchallenged reputation as one of the greatest drummers in the history of the genre. The Jack DeJohnette Trio represents the prestigious lineage of today's great jazz families with saxophonist Ravi Coltrane and bassist Matt Garrison and explores open improvisation, as well as their own compositions.
The Jones Family Singers make hard-driving, hip-shaking, spiritually uplifting gospel funk. The five sisters, the two brothers and their father have taken their powerful musical ministry to churches and festivals for more than two decades. They were designated a "must-see act" at last year's SXSW by NPR and Rolling Stone.
Founded and directed by dancer-choreographer Lizt Alfonso, Havana-based Dance Cuba features 25 beautiful and technically superb dancers and live musicians, capturing the heart and soul of Cuba with music and dance from the '50s to today. The award-winning company performs the Boston premiere of Cuba Vibra, a riveting, highly sensual display of Afro-Cuban dance, including the cha-cha-cha, mambo, rumba, conga, bolero, and more.
Born in Lisbon and now living in Barcelona, Lula Pena blends traditional fado with layers of Portuguese folk, French chanson, Cape Verdean morna, and Brazilian bossa nova. With a commanding yet sensitive voice, Pena performs solo guitar and sings of passion and pain, mirroring her personal journey as both musician and poet.
Mannheim Steamroller Christmas by Chip Davis has been America's favorite holiday tradition for the past 30 years! Grammy Award winner Chip Davis has created a show that features the beloved Christmas music of Mannheim Steamroller along with dazzling multimedia effects performed in an intimate setting. Experience the magic as the spirit of the season comes alive with the signature sound of Mannheim Steamroller. Their holiday CDs have become synonymous with Christmas and continue to occupy top spots on Billboards's Seasonal Charts every year!
Fall in love with Cher and Nicolas Cage in the hilarious and sweepingly romantic Moonstruck! When unlucky-in-love Brooklyn bookkeeper Loretta meets her fiancé's brother, Johnny, their instant chemistry sparks a comedy of operatic proportions—and a trip to the iconic Metropolitan Opera to see Puccini's La Bohème. Kick the evening off as one of BLO's artists sings a live selection from La Bohème, then get swept away in this movie's tale of love, family, and the unexpected magic of fate. Somerville's Aeronaut Brewing Co. will have beer specials available for purchase, and you can enter to win tickets to BLO's production of La Boheme, Oct. 2-11, or a private tour of the Aeronaut Brewery!
Exceptional flamenco dancers and a sensational band of musicians and virtuoso singers come together in Flamencura, a new production from legendary flamenco guitarist Paco Peña. Packed with intensity, depth, and raw energy, Flamencura is grounded in the present but also pays tribute to flamenco's rich heritage.
Raised in The Democratic Republic of the Congo (known as Zaire at the time) with Angolan family roots, Ricardo Lemvo creates an exhilarating mix of African soukous, Cuban salsa and Angolan rhythms. His band's latest project, La Rumba SoYo, has been called "a street party you have to dance your way through. Bright horns, fantastic bass lines, amazing percussion, and melodies that linger for days."—POP! Stereo
Mark Kozelek, frontman of Sun Kil Moon, is renowned for his intense, highly autobiographical songs. An expressive, talented guitarist with a beautiful and evocative voice, Kozelek has been building his own musical brand for over 20 years with his previous band Red House Painters, his current project Sun Kil Moon, and solo work.
Formed by renowned, Tony-winning tango artists Fernanda Ghi and Guillermo Merlo and musician Alfredo Minetti, This Is Tango Now represents a unique approach to tango, reflecting an unconditional passion for the art form. Featuring a stellar company of 12 dancers and musicians performing the world premiere of Carmen. . . de Buenos Aires, this breathtaking new production of Carmen blends tango and flamenco with an original score based on Bizet's beloved melodies.
Vanessa Williams has enjoyed one of the most varied and successful careers of any entertainer today. As a recording artist, she has sold over 25 million records worldwide, including #1 and Top 10 hits in genres stretching from Pop, Dance, R&B, Latin, Gospel, Jazz and more, including 17 total Grammy nominations. Her platinum single "Colors of the Wind" from the soundtrack to Disney's animated hit film "Pocahontas" won the Oscar for Best Original Song. On Television she starred as Wilhelmina Slater on "Ugly Betty," a role that brought her three Emmy nominations during the series' four-season run.
Vieux Farka Touré crafts Malian blues in the rich Songhai tradition of his late father, famed guitarist Ali Farka Touré. Vieux draws on haunting Saharan blues and traditional Malian melodies and infuses them with his own global influences to create an irresistible Afropop sound all his own. He will be touring with his band in support of his new release, Touristes, a collaborative album with New York-based singer Julia Easterlin.